Five Reasons to “Fall” for the Brunswick Islands

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North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has something for everyone this fall. Throughout the season, enjoy the many activities and mild weather with peaceful beaches and seasonal events. Rest up before the holidays and relax with these five reasons to “fall” for the Brunswick Islands!

Soak Up Some Sun

IMG_0148During fall in the Brunswick Islands, you’ll enjoy temperatures in the 70s throughout October and upper 60s in November with water temperatures at an average of 77 degrees in October and 70 degrees in November. You don’t have to say goodbye to beach time just because it’s fall – the Brunswick Islands’ mild temperatures make it a perfect time for a coastal getaway.

Experience a Weather Wonder

IMG_0748 surf fishing at sunset Caswell BeachFall through early spring, beach-goers can take in both sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, thanks to the Brunswick Islands’ unique south-facing beaches and the angle of the sun this time of year. Enjoy this bucket list activity, all without moving your beach chair!

More Beach for your Blanket

One of the many perks of the Brunswick Islands during the fall is the peaceful beaches. With the kids back to school and holiday prep underway, this is the perfect time to get away. Explore the piers, beaches and other attractions with spectacular deals on lodging! Throughout fall, visitors will see rates on rental homes (even beachfront!) continue to decrease, making for an even more affordable stay.

Celebrate the Season

There are plenty of special events happening in the Brunswick Islands this fall for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

For some spooky fun, come out to the Holden Beach Pavilion on October 21 for Boo at the Beach. The Halloween Festivities include booths with carnival games and a costume contest!

IMG_0168 event collectionOctober 29 and 30 marks the North Carolina Festival by the Sea. The free, 2-day event kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. Entertainment for kids includes face painting, a costume contest, as well as rides and amusements. There will also be live music and food.

To learn more about upcoming events in the Brunswick Islands, visit

Rest Up Before the Holidays

IMG_7633With the hectic holiday season just around the corner, visitors can take one last moment of peace on the beach in the Brunswick Islands. With ideal weather, no crowds, great lodging deals and plenty of entertainment, fall is the perfect time for a pre-holiday getaway!

For more information about booking your fall getaway to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, visit

Fish Tales in the Brunswick Islands


DSC_3069_OAK ISLAND PIER_LRIt’s almost fall, which means cooler weather and water temperatures, and one of the best seasons for fishing is here again! In the Brunswick Islands, the fish are abundant, and all levels of anglers and fisherman can gear up to go after their big catch. With several ways to fish, the Brunswick Islands offer the best methods and top areas to catch fresh seafood this fall.

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery without needing a boat, pier fishing is for you. The Brunswick Islands has five ocean piers to choose from, all equipped with concessions, handicap access, bait, tackle and rentals. Pier fishermen can expect to catch red drum, sea trout, mackerel and more.

DSC_4299_DEEP SEA FISHING_LRFor the more adventurous fisherman, fishing charters are the way to go. Fishing charters are great for family trips or even a get together with old friends. Take a charter out to the Gulf Stream where the warm waters make for an eventful day of fishing with possibilities of catching tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, giant sea bass, king mackerel and more. Charters run both half day and full day trips, or if you are a truly dedicated fisherman, you can take a 24-hour immersion trip on a bunkhouse-fitted charter.

For bird and other wildlife spotting, kayak fishing may be up your alley. While kayaking through salt marsh creeks, black water rivers and coastal bays, you will be able to catch trout and flounder while enjoying the Brunswick Islands’ pristine nature. Surf fishing is also a great alternative for a casual day on the shore.

US Open cmsSolidifying the Brunswick Islands as a hotspot for fishing, the area is home to one of the state’s oldest tournaments, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, which will be held September 29 – October 1, 2016 in Southport. The competition attracts over 400 boats and welcomes all ages, as well as spectators when the competitors bring in their catches.

The five ocean fishing piers and commercial fishing charters provide blanket fishing licenses but, if you are fishing in another setting, don’t forget your fishing license! For more information on saltwater licenses, please visit, and for freshwater licenses, visit The Brunswick Islands feature several free public ramps for launching a boat, as well as plenty of parking spaces for your cars and trailers. Information on boat rentals can be found here.

Join us in the Brunswick Islands for your next fishing excursion and see why our waters are an angler’s paradise. For more information about fishing in the Brunswick Islands, visit

Golf by the Numbers in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands


North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, also known as “NC’s Golf Coast,” is a mecca for golf enthusiasts with more than 30 championship courses. Combine that impressive number with the mild four-season climate and scenic views, and you have the perfect destination for a golf getaway.

While you’re daydreaming about your next tee time, here are some more notable numbers from the Brunswick Islands’ courses:

  • 120 miles of fairways 
  • 585 holes 
  • 218,000 yards of fairways
  • Bonus: 45 miles of beaches for downtime away from the green

Golf experts and publications take note and have ranked the Brunswick Islands’ courses among the best:


#1, 2, 4 and 5 in the North Carolina Golf Panel rankings of Hidden Gems in the Coastal Region of North Carolina:

#1 – Rivers Edge Golf Club, Shallotte

#2 – Carolina National Golf Club, Bolivia

#4 – Farmstead Golf Links, Calabash

#5 – Panther’s Run Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

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5 of 12 top spots in the North Carolina Golf Panel rankings of Public, Private and Resort Golf Courses in the Coastal Region of North Carolina:

#5 – Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

#6 – Leopard’s Chase Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#7 – Tiger’s Eye Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#11 – Cape Fear National, Leland

#12 – Crow Creek, Calabash


Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in North Carolina:

#8 – Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

#10 – Leopard’s Chase Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#15 – Cape Fear National, Leland

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When you’re ready to set a date for your next golf getaway, contact the Brunswick Islands’ golf packagers to get started on your itinerary, complete with fresh dining, beautiful beaches and activities for the whole family.

To learn more about golf in the Brunswick Islands, visit

#NCBIPierContest – And the winners are …

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - First Place

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands (@NCBrunswickIslands) is excited to announce the winners of the #NCBIPierContest Instagram photo contest! We invited you to share your best Brunswick Islands pier photos on Instagram using #NCBIPierContest from July 6 through August 1, and we were amazed at the beautiful entries we received! We would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. It was wonderful to see folks loving the Brunswick Islands and the historic piers as much as we do!

It wasn’t easy, but we have chosen our favorite photos from the submissions for a first, second and third prize, along with two randomly chosen winners. These lucky winners will receive a variety of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands rolling coolers, beach towels and hats!

Our first place winner is @nsqr with this stunning photo of the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island. Be sure to visit #NCBIPierContest to see all of @nsqr’s incredible pier photos.

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Our second place winner is @indigo0ocean for this amazing photo of the Sunset Beach pier in winter.

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Our third place winner is @oibmickey for this great photo of the Ocean Isle Beach pier.

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Our random drawing prize winners are

@trehog  Ocean Crest Pier

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and @emilysabanegh  Holden Beach Pier

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We also wanted to show off a few of the other stunning photos submitted. Some photos deserving an honorable mention are below. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their #NCBIPierContest photos!

@mdh1125  Sunset Beach Pier

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@whitelakejlc  Ocean Crest Pier

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@gpmarshburn  Ocean Isle Beach Pier

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@indi_raw  Oak Island Pier

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Meet Compass Pointe Golf Club – NC’s Golf Coast’s Newest Golf Course

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There’s more than sand and surf in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands! Also known as “NC’s Golf Coast”, the Brunswick Islands offer year-round tee times on more than 30 championship golf courses.  With some of the best golf courses in the country, guests will find an option to suit every level of play from novice to professional.

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has recently welcomed a new addition to its world-class courses, Compass Pointe Golf Club. Our latest addition celebrated its grand opening this past June in the town of Leland. Not only is it the newest course in the Brunswick Islands, it is the first course to open in North Carolina since 2010.  The course was designed by acclaimed golf course designer Rick Robbins, whose designs dot across the globe from Iowa and South Carolina to Beijing, China.

Highlighted features of Compass Pointe include:

  • A full 18-hole course with an “Add One” 19th hole, a perfect challenge for those who think 18 holes just aren’t enough.
  • Practice facilities, which include an 18-hole putting course, a practice range with a large hitting area, a chipping green and a practice bunker with a target green.
  • Unique use of natural land features, including wetlands, vegetation and wildlife habitat to create a course that fits into its environment.
  • Old style “push up greens” using native sand from within the site, similar to the style of Pinehurst in the 1920s.
  • Elevations that range from 23-75 feet above sea level, along with five sets of tees, including a separate Par Three tee.
  • Wide fairways and large greens that allow shots to be hit along the ground like courses in Scotland.

Be one of the first to play Compass Pointe Golf Club and then hit one (or more) of the other 30 plus courses in the county. Book your own golf and accommodations or use one of the area’s many golf packagers to arrange your stay.  With over 120 miles of fairways in the Brunswick Islands, you’ll want to make several trips to NC’s Golf Coast!